The recent rise in unemployment means the competition for jobs in architecture will be higher than usual this year. Job hunters need to do everything they can to stand out from the pack. There are a lot of people looking for jobs right now, you don’t want to get lost in the mix. These four tips will help you stand out from other job seekers and land the job that fits your skill set, values, and career objectives.
Networking is one area you want to concentrate your energy on as a job seeker. Employers are more likely to hire someone who was referred to them by a person they trust than a random person who submits an application. Think about the contacts you currently have. Can any of them refer you to a firm? LinkedIn is also an important networking tool in the field because recruiters often use LinkedIn to connect with potential candidates. Endorsements can set you apart so, spend some time endorsing others, since reciprocity is a strong motivator when it comes to networking. And remember, networking is a two-way street. You may also be asked to help a friend out. When asked, be gracious and helpful.
2. Be Selective
When submitting applications, be selective. If you apply to every job you can, you’re wasting time and energy. You are also likely to become disheartened quickly because you will be spending hours applying for job yet receiving very few interviews. Instead, only apply to jobs that align with your experience and goals. You want to focus your job search on opportunities in which you have the qualifications, attitude, and skills to succeed. Also, follow your gut. As long as the job is a good fit for your career goals, where you do your work could be a firm you have never considered. Be open to the possibilities.
3. Update Portfolio and Resume
You won’t land the perfect job unless you have a captivating portfolio and resume. First and foremost, you want the information and examples in your portfolio to be current. Your portfolio should also be descriptive, as opposed to consisting solely of images. It is a great idea to research firms and adjust your portfolio accordingly, so it reflects the priorities of the firm. Make sure your resume is also up to date. Firms want to know what you’re doing now. A compelling resume highlights the accomplishments you’ve made in your past jobs and uses concrete examples to support your claims. Like the portfolio, the resume needs to be customized to the firm. Your resume should demonstrate how your experience can benefit the desired role, firm’s mission statement, as well as their long-term company objectives.
4. Use Recruiters as a Resource
Recruiters can be invaluable resources for job seekers. Recruiters are in the market day in and day out and they know what job opportunities are out there and will be able to evaluate whether you will be a good match for a specific firm. Recruiters also have inside knowledge and know about job opening that aren’t listed publicly. If you are in the middle of a job search or if you are planning to job hunt in the future, now is the time to start networking with a recruiter who specializes in the architectural niche. Let the recruiter do some of the heavy lifting of your search.
Job hunting can be challenging and disheartening at times. It’s important to stay positive and take the steps needed to put yourself in the best position to be contacted for an interview. The goal is to find a firm that not only provides fair compensation but also has an attractive culture and a strong reputation. In a crowded field, you need to stand out so when you do find the right position, you can land the job. Networking, being selective, creating a compelling resume and portfolio, and using a recruiter as resource can all help you be more competitive when job seeking.
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